We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in gaining the ‘Investing in Children’ award. Chris Affleck visited the nursery on Thursday 11th February to make his assessment. On arrival, Chris was shown around the nursery and he was “really impressed by the amount of space both indoors and outdoors and the range of resources available to the children”.
Chris spent the morning chatting with the children to see if they thought that they were listened to and could make choices at nursery. “We can do whatever we want, I like playing games but we do loads of stuff”, one child told him. The report states that, ‘children were free to pick and choose what they wanted to do during their time at nursery. Workers were always on hand to support the children to do whatever it was they wanted to do. During some observations I heard various requests from the children during my visit and it appeared that nothing was a problem to the workers, they were happy to do whatever they could to support and enhance the children’s learning and freedom to play.’
The children have to provide the evidence for an organisation and endorse the membership report because it is a children’s and young people’s award. The children all agreed that the nursery deserved the award and one little boy also added that he thought the nursery deserved “a giant medal”.
Investing in Children (IiC) is a UK initiative that promotes the human rights of children and young people. Over the last 17 years, IiC has developed a range of different ways in which children and young people are supported to say what they want to say, and help to improve services used by them, by discussing their ideas with the adults who run the services.
The children and their interests are at the heart of everything that we do here at Oxclose. All staff work really hard to skilfully lead learning in a challenging but supportive way, to ensure that all children are focussed and following their own interests. We are very proud of our boys and girls and they did a great job of proving how well they are listened to by staff and most importantly, they all reported about how much fun they have at nursery.